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  • Isaac J. Mays

USC Men's Basketball Season Ends in SEC Tournament

After a disappointing regular season, the South Carolina men’s basketball team were looking to keep their season alive by advancing in the SEC tournament.

With the hope of upsetting Ole Miss and moving on in the tournament, the Gamecocks were eliminated by the Rebels by a score of 76-59.

After a back-and-forth start, Ole Miss began to pull away from the Gamecocks, taking a substantial lead into halftime, 41-26.

However, turnovers and poor shooting allowed Ole Miss to dominate as the second half. The Gamecocks shot just 29% from the field and 11.1% from three-point range.

Ole Miss was led by Jarkel Joiner with 18 points. Romello White also was a difference maker on the interior scoring 17 points and totaling seven rebounds. Irmo, South Carolina native Devontae Shuler finished with 15 points as the Rebels cruised to the 17-point win.

Despite the loss, South Carolina’s Jayln McCreary was able to score 15 points and 7-10 from free throws. Center Wildens Leveque was able to get 14 points and snag six rebounds.

South Carolina (6-15, 4-12 SEC) will not gain a tournament bid and will look to enter the offseason, and regroup for next season.

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